Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

McCall's 6308: Maxi dress

Realizing that the maxi dress continues to be a summer staple, I decided to jump on the bandwagon, using McCall's 6308. I had this very drapery black & cream rayon in my stash, and it was a perfect pairing of pattern + fabric. I now understand the popularity of the maxi dress....seriously, wearing this is like wearing pajamas, it's that comfortable!

I made a few adjustments to the pattern: a smaller than usual FBA since the top has a lot of gathering, I raised the neckline by 1 inch, and also added 1 inch to the length.
A quick and easy project yielding great results!
The back neckline vee is cute, but was a little "fiddley" to get to lay right. Redrafting to a more rounded/scooped back neckline would be easier.

Fun dress to wear on the perfect Father's Day Sunday in Michigan!

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Rupert the Bear: a baby's playmat

I picked up this pattern a couple of years ago at a quilt shop near my home, after seeing the shop sample. The Rupert playmat is made with the quilt-as-you-go technique, using fleece as the top layer, cotton batting in the center, and quilting cotton for the backing.


                              I think the detail in the face and paws (felt appliqued with a satin stitch),
                                                              makes this so darn cute!



(baby Thomas: 10 days old!)

Cute little playmats like Rupert, and this one and this one are fun
gifts for the new baby/parents, and have been well-received by the new families.
I see more of them in my sewing future!